When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well I have a number of guilty pleasures. I'm a bit of a nerd, I love to play video games. When I'm not blowing things up I enjoy watching movies or TV. I also do 5km races throughout the year at many different events.
What is your writing process?
Before I start to write I create my "murder board", basically what that is, is a cork board that I have put a number of flash cards on. I write down what characters will be in the book, then the major scenes that I want within the book and of course the climax. Once I have this done, I open up my writing program and just start writing. I know it seems silly but it's really that simple. I never write in sequence, my stories come out in pieces, I've written the last sentence in the book before anything else. I'm a connect the dots type of writer. Chapter five is written before one and I figure out how to get them to come together.
What do you read for pleasure?
I prefer fantasy, over anything else. I enjoy the worlds that mirror our own but with a twist.
When did you first start writing?
My earliest memories of my writing was when I was in Seventh grade. Every week our teacher would give us a journal to write in for an hour. Most of the kids would write about what they were going to do on the weekend or the bike they got for their birthday. I created worlds, told stories of far away lands and the people that had adventures in them.
What's the story behind Guardians Legacy?
Guardians Legacy is about a woman, Taya, who is killed in a car accident but is brought back to life. She learns about this second life from Paul who teaches her of her families bloodline. Taya learns that she is the protector of the ordinary man from the evil and darkness that they don't see. We follow her through her struggles of whether or not she wants to be this protector or to go back to her family from her first life. Even though she is never allowed to return to them, she still fights to decide which path to follow. The one she was born to do or the one of familiarity and love.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I knew that I wanted to write for a living, but I also knew that to publish traditionally it could take decades before anything would happen, but I knew of no other way. Till a friend introduced me to a book series for my Kobo, the first book was free so I thought I would give it a read. I loved it! She had five other books in that series out and I bought them all and gobbled them down in a matter of a couple weeks. But I wanted more, so I found her Facebook page, then her blog. In her blog she spoke about why she didn't regret being an Indie. So I looked it up, I had no idea what an Indie was. That's when my writing took on a whole new life, I was rejuvenated and excited, within five months I published my first book. I don't want to get rich, I just wanted to write and be published, and I can now publish on my own. That was motivation enough.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy, well many would say that it is when someone reads their book. Don't get me wrong that is pretty great, the idea of someone somewhere reading my words. But I think my greatest joy is that perfect scene, that perfect moment in time frozen forever. The one that sends chills down your spin every time you read it. That's my joy, that moment.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything, without them I'm just a crazy woman in a room talking to herself. The fans are the ones that spur me on to be a better writer, to tell a better story. It is exciting to hear from them, to know what they think, good or bad.
How do you approach cover design?
My covers are done by professional artists, I don't have the artistic ability to create it on my own. But the ideas that I have for my cover comes from a major scene from within the book. Both Guardians Legacy and Guardians Sacrifice covers are taken from major scenes.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the third book of the Guardians Series, Guardians Obsession. It is due to come out the end of July 2014.
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